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Pasta recall affects 230 tons of product

Hungarian food industry company Cerbona expects a recall of tainted pasta to affect about 230 tons of product, sales director János Rózsa said when asked by MTI on Wednesday.

The recall will affect about 130 tons of pasta in stores, of which some 50 tons have already been purchased by consumers, Rózsa said. A further 100 tons are in the company's warehouses, he added.

All of the recalled pasta will be destroyed, Rózsa said.

Cerbona on Monday issued an immediate recall of Durillo- and Durum-brand dry pasta products found to contain unacceptably high levels of the toxin deoxinivalenol.

In a quality control check on June 19 of base materials for its durum pasta delivered by milling company Diamant Malom International, Cerbona found unacceptably high levels of the toxin and requested an immediate check by food safety authorities. Food safety officials found in a laboratory examination that toxin levels fell under the prescribed threshold after cooking.

Consumers who have purchased Durillo- and Durum-brand pasta products with sell-by dates between May 13, 2011 and June 18, 2011 may return them to the stores where they were purchased for a refund. (MTI-ECONEWS)